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Passionate foodie, founder of Trinigourmet and Caribbean Lifestyle Maven. Author of "Glam By Request: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes"

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How To Grow Your Own Bean Sprouts!

How To Grow Your Own Bean Sprouts!
Sprouted Lentils with Black Olives, drizzled with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and black olives. Simple and perfect. Fresh sprouts. There is nothing like them. They are crunchier, sweeter, more vibrant in flavour than anything you can buy on a supermarket shelf. Up until last month I never wondered too much how bean sprouts came about and figured it was too complicated a process for a home... 

Banana Basil Smoothie (recipe)

Banana Basil Smoothie (recipe)
Since mid-December I have spent my weekdays consuming mostly raw dishes and drinks. Smoothies in particular have become my staple breakfasts (and sometimes stand in for lunch and dinner as well!). They can be simple, just 2 or 3 ingredients, or elaborate, containing everything but the kitchen sink. This recipe for a Banana-Basil smoothie veers towards the simpler side of the spectrum which is why... 

Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread

Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread
“Decadence with a smile”, those were Jason’s first words when he first tasted this Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread. Following his example I also dug in and had to nod (or moan) my agreement. “It’s like something I’d actually buy!” I said, and coming from me that’s high praise indeed. Rich, coffee laced chocolate icing forms the perfect counterfoil... 

Black Bean Soup with Cilantro Pesto (recipe)

Black Bean Soup with Cilantro Pesto (recipe)
Without a doubt this is definitely one of the best bean soup recipes that I have tried. I have no idea where I got it from, it’s been floating in my recipe file for more than a few years. One of the reasons why I think I avoided it was because parts of the instructions seemed off putting to me. For example, cooking the beans in PLAIN water or 90 minutes seemed totally UGH! However that is all... 

Trinidad Saheena (recipe)

Trinidad Saheena (recipe)
I made these traditional Indo-Trinidadian appetizers last year as part of my Eid menu. Chopped spinach stirred into a splitpea flour base and then fried, delish! I prefer mine relatively light , especially when fresh out of the oil, but some make theirs denser. The final result will depend on how thick your prefer your batter. Saheena are perfectly paired with your favourite chutney and some hot pepper... 

Local Crixmart

Local Crixmart
Crixmart, Eastern Main Road Many formerly dingy roadside stalls and stands have, for the past year, been sporting shiny red ‘swag’ thanks to the Bermudez Company, the manufacturers of Crix. Normally I am not a fan of overt corporate branding, but this is one form that I find most pleasing in aesthetic. Maybe because there is something so jaunty about the designs, and the lines of the buildings... 

Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce (recipe)

Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce (recipe)
It’s that time of the month again! .. No, no, that’s not what I meant… I meant it’s time once again for The Happy Sorceress’ monthly Blog Party ! This time around the theme was Tiki Party! Tiki Parties are one of my favourite genres of kitsch. I was attending college when the short-lived big band revival occurred and suddenly everything 50′s was vogue again. I... 

Chicken Cacciatore (recipe)

Chicken Cacciatore (recipe)
Big Night, was a movie that I knew nothing about until becoming aware of it via Joelen’s Culinary Adventures “Foodie Film” event. Warm and poignant the movie centers around the ambitions of two brothers, Italian immigrants to the US, intent on making their dreams of bringing authentic Italian cuisine to the masses a reality. The passion which the main chef ‘Primo’ has... 

Bananas Ripening

Bananas Ripening
This is how we hang bananas bought green, so that they can ripen without developing soft spots from resting on a surface You will know that the banana is ripe when it starts getting spots. I’ve noticed the bananas (and mangoes) in US supermarkets are usually still quite underripe. If it’s not got a good smattering of spots, it’s not ready Tweet  Read More →

Roadside Market Stand

Roadside Market Stand
Roadside Market Stand, Churchill-Roosevelt Highway Tweet  Read More →

‘Raw’ Tomato & Macadamia Mozzarella Linguine (recipe)

'Raw' Tomato & Macadamia Mozzarella Linguine (recipe)
When I first learnt about Chef Spotlight Dinners organised by Joelen of Joelen’s Culinary Event I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase another raw dish and to learn about those chefs who specialise in preparing (and popularizing) raw cuisine. Among the key names that I came across (and whose work really resonated with me) were Chad Sarno, Sarma Melngailis, and Roxanne Klein.... 

Bertram’s Pepper Sauce (redux)

Bertram's Pepper Sauce (redux)
Late last year my father was at it again… making his annual batch of pepper sauce! I am so happy that many of you have made it and enjoyed it. If you haven’t already seen or tried the recipe, you can learn how to make Trini pepper sauce here! Tweet  Read More →

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon (recipe)

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon (recipe)
Originally made to break the Yom Kippur fast last year, this photo (and recipe) for Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs has languished for quite some time in my Drafts folder. Thankfully, Kochtopf’s ‘Smoking Allowed’ event has encouraged me to bring it into the light of day Inspired by a recent No Smoking ban which is taking hold in German restaurants she has encouraged food bloggers... 

Vidalia Onion Fritters (recipe)

Vidalia Onion Fritters (recipe)
I first made these fritters as part of last year’s Sukkot menu. They are much sweeter and lighter than one would expect. And the soaking of the onions in the batter ensures that the onion flavour mellows and evenly distributes. It also makes the onion much softer, so that it almost melts in your mouth. I don’t know about you but I just hate when I bite into an onion ring and the onion... 

KFC Bus Stand

KFC Bus Stand
KFC Sponsored Bus Stand, Churchill-Roosevelt Highway, outside Trincity Mall I remember the mutual culture shock on an American’s friend face when I was living away and lamenting the fact that for such a First World country, how come KFC in the USA didn’t deliver?!? She apparently had never thought about it, and was quite surprised to learn that in Trinidad KFC delivery is par for the course.... 

TriniGourmet Q&A #5: Where to buy Doubles in NYC?

TriniGourmet Q&A #5: Where to buy Doubles in NYC?
This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: I used to work in St. James where there were at least half a dozen doubles stands in less than a quarter mile. I had 2 Every Morning. Now I’m in New York City– does anyone know where I can get my doubles fix? I’m too scared to make them myself, and I’m dying without them! TriniGourmet’s Answer: Although the recipe... 

Keep? Throw Away? That is the question…

Keep? Throw Away? That is the question...
Image via Sxc.hu Now that I am once again posting on a regular basis I’m going through a backlog of drafts (over 1000!) and wondering what to do with the more ‘time-specific’ ones. Namely reviews of restaurants, special nights and events that were held in the past. Is there an expiration date on these items? Or would they still be ‘new’ to you? Take part in my poll!... 

Best Ever Lentil Soup (recipe)

Best Ever Lentil Soup (recipe)
Don’t you just love when a recipe has superlatives built right into the title? This recipe for ‘Best Ever Lentil Soup’ was one that came bundled with my copy of MacGourmet and comes from the beautiful vegan blog Vegalicious. In the past the only lentil soups that I’ve tried have had either a West Indian flair, or an East Indian slant, so the first few sips of this version... 

Zucchini Pasta with Marinara Sauce (recipe)

Zucchini Pasta with Marinara Sauce (recipe)
Today’s post was inspired by Kochtoph’s Food-O-Graphie event where food bloggers talk a little about the technical preferences that they have behind the photos that they share. As I sometimes get asked what camera I use for my shots I thought it may be helpful for some of you out there The pic above is of a raw zucchini pasta with marinara sauce that I made as a quick lunch this New... 

Trinigourmet in Condé Nast Traveler :)

Trinigourmet in Condé Nast Traveler :)
I’m happy to note that TriniGourmet gets some link love in a recent piece in Condé Nast Traveler. Titled “I’m Dreaming of a Coconut Christmas” it takes a look at the Spanish influences in Trinidad’s Christmas Culture. I was quite excited when I got the heads up from the reporter. Clearly a writer who takes his craft and journalistic integrity seriously. For the record,... 
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